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May 5 is Children’s day!

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Today is Children’s day in Japan!

Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi) is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month, and is part of the longest weekend in Japan.

It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness.

On this day, families raise the carp-shaped KOINOBORI flags with one carp for the father, one for the mother, and one carp for each child (traditionally each son).

Families also display a KINTARO doll usually riding on a large carp, and the traditional Japanese military helmet,KABUTO, due to their tradition as symbols of strength and vitality.

(Reference;Wikipedia)

在日本,五月五日是端午节。

端午节与男孩节同日,所以这天家家户户门上还摆菖蒲叶,屋内挂钟馗驱鬼图,吃去邪的糕团(称“柏饼”)或粽子。

“菖蒲”和“尚武”谐音,“鲤鱼旗”表示鲤鱼跳龙门。日本人认为鲤鱼是力量和勇气的象征,表达了父母期望子孙成为勇敢坚强的武士的愿望。

根据“尊重儿童的人格,谋求儿童的幸福,同时感谢母亲”的原则,规定这一天为全国公休日。

 

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